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Yeah, I know. Going straight to hell.

So here’s the first draft of sweasel.com. There’s still a lot more I want to build, but the front page is (more or less) fully functional now, so I figured I’d go live. Maybe the tantalizing possibility that I might at any moment spectacularly screw the pooch will drive some traffic.

Which is currently nothing like enough to justify buying a domain. I couldn’t help myself. I really, really wanted to play with the code, and this is the only way. I’ve started with a band spanking new sitemeter set to zero, so you can witness my dizzying ride from invisibility to unpopularity.

I’d like to thank the ice storm that covered New England today, giving me a chance to stay home and make this blasphemous graphic. Start as you mean to go on, they say…


Comment from Enas Yorl
Time: February 14, 2007, 4:10 pm

Hooray!! Nice digs you got here Mr. Weasel. I love the picture – that’s AWESOME! Will you do all of your posting over here from now on? I’ll be sure to get my link fixed ASAP.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 14, 2007, 4:16 pm

Yep, that’s the idea.

Oh, for CRAP SAKE. I just noticed I brought the comment box bug over here with me. Stupid weasel. This time, though, I can reach right into the php file and…screw it up good, most likely.

Yeah. Expect this place to go dark from time to time…

Comment from Pupster
Time: February 14, 2007, 4:35 pm

Looking good Weasel.

After you put up some google ads and a tip jar,
then get some insty/ace linkage and start rolling in the crazy blog cash and derailing political campaigns, I can say I knew you before you sold out.

You ARE going to sell out, aren’t you?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 14, 2007, 4:37 pm

Pff! I sold out ages ago. I just didn’t make anything off it.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 14, 2007, 4:53 pm

Yes! There’s the comment bug fixed. Which pleased me so much (at last!) that I added some pointless insults to my comments form.

Name and so on is optional, anyhow. Currently, WP substitutes “anonymous” for the name if you leave it blank. I can’t find which script handles that. I want to change it so that it gives you a stupid name at random if you leave it blank.

Comment from lizardbrain
Time: February 14, 2007, 6:46 pm

Cool. I gotta update my link, now, too.

I’m playing with php, too. No special reason; just ’cause it’s geekier than accepting the wordpress.org defaults. So far, I can’t even get “Hello World” working, kind of a surprise, because I can usually get that far in a new language. Dunno what I’m doing wrong, but it’ll have to wait until I figure out what I’m doing wrong with my Gentoo install.

Have I lost my geek? Ah, well, it was bound to happen sometime.

The coolest part is the little weasel pic on the address bar and in the bookmarks.

Comment from lizardbrain
Time: February 14, 2007, 6:49 pm

Man, I can’t believe I said something that stupid, either.

(wordpress.com, by the way.)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 14, 2007, 7:35 pm

I don’t know how much you can mess with the php in WP.com. I know that editing the CSS didn’t work so good — you don’t actually edit the theme’s CSS, you impose an additional CSS layer on top of everything else. I finally got frustrated enough with the imprecision of that to fork out $7 a month for these fancy new digs.

Even with a .org site, I was having trouble writing standalone php scripts. I’d write them and try to open them in my browser, but nothing. I think it wanted the HTML wrapper included before the browser knew what to do with it. I ended up testing scripts by calling them in my sidebar.

I’m glad you can tell it’s a weasel. I was afraid it looked like a wingnut (appropriate) or a butterfly (not) or something. Designing stuff 16 pixels wide by 16 pixels high is moider. In the old days, icons had to be the Windows 16 colors, too. Brrrr. I hated pulling an icon assignment.

Comment from Nita
Time: February 14, 2007, 7:40 pm

I love your site. You should submit it to the best design or something. Did you design it?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 14, 2007, 7:44 pm

Yes, thank you very much. Still in process. Perpetually in process.

I have to admit, I love building these things. Maintaining them? Not so much.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 14, 2007, 8:12 pm

Wow. I can see right now, I’m going to have to put some <hr>s between comments. I can’t tell which name goes with which remark.

Comment from geoff
Time: February 14, 2007, 9:05 pm

Funny graphic. You guys with artistic talent make me so envious.

I’ll update my link on my defunct site – *I* still use it to ‘port around the net.

Comment from nbpundit
Time: February 15, 2007, 12:55 am

Mostly what is posted is stoopid. ;0
See you’re getting it cranked up.
/pun intended
Good works, clean laundry and all that.
/with knobs too.

Comment from nbpundit
Time: February 15, 2007, 12:56 am

Oh BTW, put up some kind of smoke signal when
this is your permanent site so I can relink you.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 15, 2007, 5:30 am

This is pretty much the permanent site now, except if I break it. Which I’m sure I will, from time to time. Lots of complaints on the WP.org forums about stuff breaking when they went to version 2.1. I don’t use many plugins and a lot of my stuff is hard-coded, so it’s simple…I’m hoping to avoid some of the trickier problems.

But I’ve just noticed the date (but not the time) has disappeared on my first post, but not my second. Stuff like that makes me howling crazy. Computers are machines. And machines are supposed to be consistent.

Comment from iamfelix
Time: February 15, 2007, 12:53 pm

I *love* the pic – You may be going to hell, but at least you’ll be able to decorate when you get there. Make sure you take fireproof pigments & tools in your valise.

Comment from Bugs ‘n’ Gas Gal
Time: February 16, 2007, 2:17 pm

Look, up in the address bar, it’s a widdo weasel! Sooo cute! Congrats on being the master of your own domain, I’d better update my blogroll!

Comment from lauraw
Time: February 16, 2007, 2:18 pm

Very nice site!

Oh, and thanks, S. Weasel, for that comment over at Wuzzadem where you pooped on somebody who called me a narcissist.
How did they know?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 16, 2007, 2:27 pm

I try not to run around the ‘net playing Obnoxious Atheist, but that guy hit the Angry Button, lauraw. He was radiating exactly the arrogance he was being critical of in others. After a couple of posts in the thread, though, I began to feel churlish for being there. And then the Wuzza’s exchanged Valentine wishes and I felt like a right shit and slunk off.

Comment from Frit
Time: September 9, 2010, 11:29 pm

Hey Stoaty!

Just figured I’d take the time to catch up on some of your back-story, as it were. And some of your previous art. I LOVE this piece! Showed it to Dragon – my fiancè – and he burst out laughing!

Question: Do you take commissions? Also, do you draw ferrets? 🙂

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 9, 2010, 11:42 pm

Holy cow, Frit! I couldn’t believe it when I saw this thing pop up over Uncle B’s shoulder.

There’s some really, really stupid posts, if you go all the way back (said the woman who posted a blurry picture of elderberries tonight). Oh, and a horrible dark period when my cat disappeared (no, he never turned up again).

About commission — usually no. But drop me a line at stoaty@sweasel.com and we can tawk.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: September 10, 2010, 12:20 am

Frit–pay her no heed on the subject of the backstory. Having just finished perusing the complete sweasel chronicles I can tell you that they are an incredible delight! You start with a piece of knowledge none of her minions had in February 2007–and as it slowly dawns on you that they are clueless, you will have a rousing good time. Then comes the day when the secret is revealed. . .

Geez, Stoaty, you ought to publish this blog as a NOVEL.

Oh, Frit? Don’t miss the Partay! thread. Classic! Not to mention the occasional spam that just didn’t get caught, and so was left to dessicate on the shores of the unread. I love this blog any way it is served!

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: September 10, 2010, 12:30 am

Oooooooooh!! I am SO GLAD that Stoaty herself said “said the woman,” because it just dawned on me that in theory someone might stumble on this blog at this end and start reading without having read any of the recent posts! I came back too late to fix my error, but I guess I wasn’t the first to spill the beans!

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